Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.00)
Career vs. Orioles
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Nolan Reimold DH
Lou Montanez LF
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B James Hoye, 3B Wally Bell
WEATHER: By the middle innings, this place was way too cold last night and tonight seems like it’s going to be more of the same. The wind is blowing in a little bit. Temperature reads 58 degrees, but it feels much colder.
WIGGINTON vs. SABATHIA: It might be a regular thing for the Orioles against a left-handed starter, but I was a little surprised to see Ty Wigginton batting third tonight. Then again, he has a career line of .318/.400/.500 in 22 career at-bats against Sabathia. Nick Markakis has a .118/.105/.118 line.
CANO CAN: Robinson Cano leads the majors with a .389 batting average, and he’s tied for fourth with nine multi-hit games. The past two Aprils combined, Cano is hitting .376 with 35 runs, nine doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
HE’S GOING THE DISTANCE: CC Sabathia has pitched a complete game in each of his past two starts, one of them cut short by rain and the other a loss in Oakland. Jorge Posada is catching him for the first time since Opening Day.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: After some back-and-forth, the Nick Johnson hit was ruled a single with an error on the left fielder. Jeter scored and Johnson took second on the error. Jeter’s lead-off double tied him with Don Mattingly for the third most in Yankees history. It’s 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: There are some places that you don’t think about where it must really hurt to get hit by a pitch. The back of the knee might be one of them.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: How many times are we going to see Nick Swisher nearly catch up to Curtis Granderson on the bases? It just happened on that two-run triple — the runners had to hold up to see what would happen to the ball in the outfield — and the Yankees now lead 4-0.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: And the unreal April continues for Robinson Cano, who just went deep for a 6-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: I failed to mention that Jorge Posada is out of the game after being hit by a pitch. Francisco Cervelli is now catching.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: The Orioles are on the board, but Cano made a nice charging play to get the out on an RBI grounder to the right side. It’s now 6-1, Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Jorge Posada has a right knee contusion. No tests are currently scheduled and he is considered day-to-day.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Down in Triple-A, Kevin Russo just hit a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli. The guy just keeps getting it done. His RBI single makes it 7-1.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: This is more like the kind of game we were used to seeing the first couple of weeks of the season.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: A couple of hits and a sac fly cut the lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning, but Sabathia hasn’t even reached 90 pitches yet. He looks strong tonight, and the offense has done more than enough.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Nick Markakis is quietly a triple away from the cycle. He just homered to make it 8-3.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Sabathia back out for the eighth with Chamberlain and Mitre getting loose in the Yankees bullpen.